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MARK EDWARD STRPKO

Mark Edward Strpko, 63 of Sand Lake, Michigan passed away quickly and peacefully on Friday, April 22, 2022. Mark was born on August 31, 1958 to Frank and Delores Strpko in Carson City, Michigan. Mark was a 1976 graduate of Big Rapids High School in Big Rapids, Michigan. In his younger years, Mark enjoyed riding dirt bikes, tinkering on motors of any sort and making things go fast. Mark was well known in high school for his Starsky and Hutch van, his GTO Judge, and many other creations. Mark’s pride and joy, Jodilyn was born on May 30, 1992. They shared a special bond and were best friends up until the day he passed. Mark was in his glory when he was surrounded by his two grandchildren, Victoria and Bearett. In addition to his daughter and grandchildren, Mark had a special place in his heart for his sons Christopher and Nick Landon and their children. Mark was also thought of and acted like a father and grandfather to so many others. Mark was an avid racer all his life beginning with RC cars, pedal bikes, motorized dirt bikes, drag boats, and eventually finding his love of sprint cars. What Mark loved most was building motors for those in the racing community and the commraoditry of the people. At the time of his passing, Mark was a high performance engine builder. He spent his weekends at the races, sometimes racing but most often helping friends wrench on their race cars, or as they say, bossing them around. Mark enjoyed his years of service given to various fire departments around the Cedar Springs area, especially the 10 plus years he served as the Cedar Springs Fire Chief. Mark was preceded in death by his parents Frank Joseph and Delores Peggy Strpko, and a son Chad Joseph Strpko who passed away as a newborn in 1988. Mark is survived by his daughter Jodilyn Phillips (Andrew) of Rockford, MI, his sons Christopher (Emily) Landon of Cedar Springs, MI and Nick (Katie) Landon of Dorr, MI and six grandchildren: Victoria and Bearett Phillips, Sawyer, Tucker, Vincent and Fionna Landon. Mark is also survived by his brother Paul (Sheri) Strpko and his sister Annette (Gary Guy). A visitation will be held to honor Mark on Friday, April 29, 2022 from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Pederson Funeral Home in Rockford, MI. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jodilyn to help with funeral expenses. A celebration of life will be held at a later date this summer at Mark’s house.

Arrangements by Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford

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